ORLANDO – Thaddeus Young is back.
The 76ers power forward rejoined the team Wednesday after a week-long absence to deal with the death of a family member. Young arrived five minutes into the Sixers’ film session at the Amway Center. He participated in the morning shootaround for Wednesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic.
Young did not speak to the media after the shootaround. He’s scheduled to talk during the pregame media availability.
“It’s great to have him back,” coach Brett Brown said. “You know the team missed him. The coaching staff missed him. And he’s obviously a big part of what we are doing. It’s just good to have him back.”
The eight-year veteran averaged 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals during the first 13 games. He scored a season-high 29 points on two occasions.
Brown asked Young how he wanted to be utilized against the Magic (5-9). The Sixers (6-9) want to make sure they don’t overload him due to being rusty and dealing with a family tragedy.
“He said 'Whatever you want, but I definitely want to play,' ” Brown said of Young. “So now it’s on me to figure out, you know do you start him? How do you rotate him? What quantity of clumps of minutes do I give him?
“But it’s all for me under the paranoia of respecting his health.”
Brown is leaning toward bringing Young off the bench for Wednesday night’s game.
In other news, reserve guard Tony Wroten (lower back strain) will not play. Center Spencer Hawes (left knee soreness) is a game-time decision.
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